Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, who is holidaying here with some family members and friends, attended a function and addressed scientists and growers at the Horticulture Research Station in Appangala village near here yesterday.

Speaking to scientists and growers at Appangala Research Station here, he said India will not only attain food security, but would also shortly become a major international market player in the food sector. Stating that India boasts of a large number of agriculture scientists serving in research stations, he said that with their assistance, the country’s food production would grow at a better pace in the future. Praising the Indian farmers who cultivate paddy, Pawar said that the country had broken the record of 60 years in food production. “Now India is a major producer of rice and has left Thailand and Vietnam behind in rice export,” he said and added that rice export alone fetched Rs. 1.87 crore foreign exchange.

“But catering to the needs of people within the country must be the main objective,” he said and conceded that storage of food products remained a problem. He called upon the research scientists to come out with newer varieties of food and cash crops which would give more yield in less space.

Pawar, who is on a private visit to the district, is staying in Tamara Resort in Kakkabe near here. Taking a break from hectic political activities, he arrived at the resort in six vehicles and is expected to leave for Bangalore tomorrow.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore